Oriens Aviation, the British Isles Pilatus Centre and sales distributor of the PC-12, announced recently the bolstering of its MRO team. TAG Aviation Farnborough Head of Maintenance Stuart Locke is taking up the post of General Manager of the Oriens Maintenance London Biggin Hill Airport facility in January.
Joining TAG Aviation in April 2013 to manage the business’ Part 145 maintenance activity, Stuart was instrumental in doubling its business. He joined TAG Aviation following a 19-year career with regional airline Flybe, working in engineering roles around the regions. He latterly served as Line Station Engineering Manager in Newcastle and Engineering Project Manager, supporting an SN Brussels contract, before moving into business aviation.
For Stuart, who started his aviation career in 1994 as an engineering apprentice with Flybe predecessor Jersey European Airways, the move marks a return to supporting Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 powered aircraft. The first aircraft he worked on was the legendary Shorts 360. During his 19 years with Flybe and its predecessors, Stuart gleaned engineering experience on the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400; Embraer 145; BAE 146 and Embraer 190 working around the UK regions, opening up line stations at Paris CDG, Gatwick and Newcastle before settling at Flybe’s hub at Southampton Airport.
Oriens Aviation announced last month it will also expand into Pilatus PC-12 flight training early next year in a newly ratified agreement with Oysterair.